Canon SELPHY CP800
Great print quality; small and portable
No support for Mac OS X 10.7; more expensive consumables
Weighing in at just under 1kg, the CP800 is a solid photo printer from Canon. Like others in the review you can print to it via memory cards or by directly plugging it into your camera. You can also print to it from your Mac, but for the life of us we couldn’t get the drivers to install using OS X 10.7.
Canon reckon that prints from your CP800 will be good for up to 100 years – a claim we’ll come back to you about in 2112.
On paper the CP800 offers some neat features like a 2.5in LCD screen that lets you make corrections to photos such as red-eye reduction and colour touch-ups. In reality, the processor and software in the CP800 is so anaemic that it’s really only useful as a screen to view the photos you want to print.
Still, on the plus side, I thought the printouts from the CP800 were the best in this review. The CP800 is also small and light enough to carry around with you. It’s the sort of printer you could set up at a party and print out shots as you go.
The CP800 also has space for a rechargeable battery, but this isn’t provided by default. Refill cartridges will cost you around $30.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The CP800 had the best print quality of all the photo printers here, and the pack- age is small enough to be portable. Mac support on 10.7 is lacking and there are no wireless print options. But if all you want to do is take your SD card out of your camera and print a photo, this is probably the printer to buy.